Robin Van Persie had an eventful final few minutes as Feyenoord pulled into a crowded top of the Eredivisie table seven matches into the season.
It put Feyenoord up 2-1 and looked in great shape to move into third in the Eredivisie standings.
That is likely van Persie’s final significant game action for some time. The 35-year-old lunged in studs up from behind on Vitesse substitute Max Clark, earning him a straight red card. That comes with the standard three-match suspension, which would leave van Persie on the sidelines for the team’s big match against second-placed Ajax on October 28.
Robin van Persie:— B/R Football (@brfootball) September 30, 2018
—Nails game-winning free-kick 🎯
—Is shown a straight red three minutes later 👋😳 pic.twitter.com/t5ptmao14e
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It’s a big loss for Feyenoord, as van Persie is now joint-third in the Eredivisie goal tally with six goals through the first seven matches.
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On the other side, Vitesse eventually saw two of its own sent off. First, Thomas Bruns saw a straight red card in the 63rd minute for a dangerous tackle from behind, while Danilho Doekhi earned his second yellow three minutes deep into stoppage time after van Persie had already been sent to the showers.
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